Don’t Dam(n) the Amazon – Video w/ Sigourney Weaver

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Sep 10, 2010
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Urge the Brazilian government to defend the the Amazon and its people and stop the Belo Monte Dam Complex. Sign the Amazon Watch petition.

Watch this 10-minute video which highlights the dam’s harmful impact on the Xingu River and greener alternatives.

Narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

Reservoirs would flood 668 square kilometers + displace more than 20,000 people

If built, the Belo Monte would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world. It would divert the flow of the Xingu River, one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon River, in order to produce electricity for industrial mining operations in the region. The dam’s reservoirs would flood 668 square kilometers, displace more than 20,000 people, and generate methane, a lethal greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Late last week, the Brazilian government signed the concession to build the $17 billion-dollar project, ignoring local, national, and international opposition, proven financial and technical risks, and the ready availability of clean energy alternatives.

James Cameron produced this special feature about Avatar… I mean, the battle to defend the Amazon Rainforest and indigenous people.

3 ways to help.

  • Donate to Amazon Watch.
  • Sign the petition.
  • Share this with as many people as you know via twitter, facebook… bull horn, if necessary.

About Amazon Watch:

Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems. For more information, visit


About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


9 Responses to “Don’t Dam(n) the Amazon – Video w/ Sigourney Weaver”

  1. Joseph Boquiren says:

    WOW! Another mega project that will deliver short term gains for long term degradation to the people and environment 🙁

  2. Absolutely. Hope you'll share with others to help get the word out 🙂 Cheers!

  3. ARCreated says:

    my heart aches, it astounds me that we still need to "fight" this kind of short sided blindness. What does it take for people to care about someone else? what does it take to look for solutions that don't harm? When will we put life ahead of money and power and prestige? Sigh. I will share and I will get the word out…but in my heart it seems it is so much more than fighting a proposed project. this is indicitive of the hearts of still too many people on the planet.
    When AVATAR came out a friend panned it saying it was "childish" in it's message and I warned him that it was still beyond the scope of some, I am so saddened to be correct about that ….so sad.
    OK enough whining…off to post about it and get the word out.

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  5. Lynn Hasselberger says:

    I like to think, one project at a time, one voice at a time. Easier for people to swallow and act that way and, eventually (I hope), they'll get the big picture. AVATAR childish? Ugh! Thanks for helping to get the word out 🙂 ~Cheers, Lynn

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